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unteers, who set out in five canoes we had,
with the necessary provisions. There remained
in the fort about a hundred and
thirty persons, and M. de la Salle gave me
the command of it, with orders not to have
any commerce with the natives, but to fire
at them if they appeared.'
Whilst M. de la Salle was absent I caused
an oven to be built, which was a great help
to us, and employed myself in finishing the
fort and putting it in a posture to withstand
the Indians, who came frequently in the
night to range about us, howling like wolves
and dogs, but two or three musket shots
put them to flight. It happened one night
that, having fired six or seven shot, M. de
la Salle, who was not far from us, heard
them, and, being in pain about it, he returned
with six or seven men and found all
things in a good posture.
He told us he had found a good country.
fit to sow and plant all sorts of grain,!
abounding in beeves and wild fowl; that he
designed to erect a fort farther up the river,
and accordingly he left me orders to square
out as much timber as I could get, the sex
casting up much upon the shore. He had
given the same orders to the men he had
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